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Nellie McKay, The Mountain Goats, John Vanderslice

The magic hour with Wynton Marsalis; A bit of blues from The Mountain Goats; The lo-fi world of John Vanderslice; New music from Chicago's Tortoise; and rethinking the blues with Tarbox Ramblers. Featured Artist: Nellie McKay.

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Nellie McKay, The Mountain Goats, John Vanderslice

Get Away from Me

Sari

  • Artist: Nellie McKay
  • Song: Sari
  • From: Get Away from Me

Nellie McKay is just nineteen but writes music with a breadth and depth beyond her years.

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Get Away from Me
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Nellie McKay
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Columbia

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The Magic Hour

Feeling of Jazz

  • Artist: Wynton Marsalis
  • Song: Feeling of Jazz
  • From: The Magic Hour

Marsalis explains the album's's title, say that "For kids, the 'magic hour' is the one hour before they go to bed. For parents, it's the one hour after the kids go to sleep."

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The Magic Hour
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Wynton Marsalis
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Blue Note

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We Shall All Be Healed

Letter from Belgium

  • Artist: The Mountain Goats
  • Song: Letter from Belgium
  • From: We Shall All Be Healed

There are more than 100 songs by the Mountain Goats on various compilations and label samplers, most of them recorded on a department store boombox. This collection is their 12th studio album.

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We Shall All Be Healed
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The Mountain Goats
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4AD

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Cellar Door

Pale Horse

  • Artist: John Vanderslice
  • Song: Pale Horse
  • From: Cellar Door

John Vanderslice writes delicate and dark songs carefully crafted with creaking keyboards, buzzing guitars and plenty of distorted drums.

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Cellar Door
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John Vanderslice
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Post-Parlo

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It's All Around You

Stretch (You Are All Right)

  • Artist: Tortoise
  • Song: Stretch (You Are All Right)
  • From: It's All Around You

Check out our previous feature on Tortoise from All Songs Considered episode 8, from July of 2001.

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It's All Around You
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Tortoise
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Thrill Jockey

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A Fix Back East

Were You There?

  • Artist: Tarbox Ramblers
  • Song: Were You There?
  • From: Fix Back East

With tribal drums, upright bass, and slide guitar, the Tarbox Ramblers have sound that's been described as a train wreck of hillbilly gospel and blues.

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Rounder

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